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What is the biggest Powerball jackpot ever?

There was no jackpot winner on Halloween night in the Powerball drawing as no single ticket matched all six numbers drawn. This meant another roll-over for the big prize, upping the jackpot for Wednesday’s draw to an estimated $1.2 billion.

If there’s a winner in tonight’s draw they will be the lucky winner of the fourth-largest jackpot in US lottery history and the second-biggest Powerball winner.

As we still don’t know how high this current jackpot will rise, here’s the top five Powerball jackpots to have been won to date…

1. $1.586 billion, January 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)

2. $768.4 million, March 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)

3. $758.7 million, August 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)

4. $731.1 million, January 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)

5. $699.8 million, October 2021 (one ticket, from California)

Note that the 2016 record was shared between three ticket-holders that each correctly guessed all six winning numbers. In the event of multiple winners, the jackpot prize is divided between the ticket-holders.

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Ten-figure lottery jackpots have become surprisingly common in recent years after lottery officials tweaked the game rules to boost the top prize. Earlier this year, for example, Powerball organisers added a third weekly draw to help build larger jackpots and increase sales.

The estimated $1.2 billion draw on Wednesday will be just the fifth lottery draw with a jackpot in excess of $1 billion, all of which have come since 2016.

In addition to the Powerball records mentioned above, there have been three Mega Millions draws with a ten-figure jackpot.

$1.537 billion, October 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)

$1.337 billion, July 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)

$1.05 billion, January 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)

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